Here are five websites for learning hiragana; there are many more:

(a site that shows you the "iroha" order , which takes the form of a poem, instead of the standard "goju-on" or "fifty sound" aiueo order)

The Iroha Poem translates roughly as:

As flowers are brilliant but [inevitably] fall,
who could remain constant in our world? [No one could]
Today let's transcend the high mountain of transience,
and there will be no more shallow dreaming, no more drunkenness.


For a chart with sound files, see:

You can expect the same thing from most of these pages or programs, i.e., you will see some variation on a Hiragana Syllabary chart on which you can then click in order to get a Quick Time movie or the equivalent showing you stroke order, and perhaps even offering sound. These displays of stroke order are handy because you can repeat them as often as you like.

I would suggest sitting down in front of your computer with some scratch paper handy and your workbook sheets with you. You can also have your textbook open (pp. 4ff) and the orange tape going as well. Practice drawing each character a few times on the scratch paper while playing the QT Movies or the ewquivalent, repeating as necessary. Once you are comfortable with proper stroke order and proportions, start drawing the character in the boxes on your worksheet to hand in.

There are also excellent materials available through the LLC (Language Learning Center) webpage ( such as this page for Kana Falshcards and Quizzes: